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senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. at face value, the pick of a longtime republican lawmaker for the job could be seen as a rare act of bipartisanship in a sharply divided town. but tonight, opponents on both sides of the aisle are sharpening their claws for what could be a testy confirmation fight. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander joins us from washington now with more. hello, peter. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. with the fiscal cliff crisis barely in our rearview mirror, the white house's decision to pick chuck hagel as secretary of defense is likely to ignite a contentious confirmation battle. congress is out of session this week, but already, talk of the pick is generating stiff opposition. fresh off his hawaiian vacation, president obama is already facing heated debate over his expected pick of former nebraska senator chuck hagel for secretary of defense. >> a person who has a resume that includes service on the foreign relations committee as well as the intelligence committee. yes, he is a serious candidate. >> i think it's an incredibl
chuck hagel as secretary of defense. it will be a rough road to confirmation for the vietnam vet who outspokenly posed the iraq war. meanwhile white house officials tell nbc news that mr. obama will also nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early this morning. he's a 25 year vet at the cia and went through his own bit of controversy when he was first considered for that job back in 2008. as for chuck hagel, he is expected to face criticism from his own party, both of those nominations being announced later today. today president obama is expected to nominate his former senate colleague, 66-year-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel. >> reporter: a purple heart veteran wounded in vietnam is a moderate republican who criticized the iraq troop surge, opposed unilateral sanctions against in
chuck hagel who will be very careful when you start throwing around the terms -- >> he says it's not feasible. do you agree it is not feasible. >> what is the not feasible? >> military option? >>> military option is always feasible, you tell me what the option is. are we going to blow up tehran or go after facilities that might be well pro-toerktd hidden? and i think bob gates, the previous secretary of defense, who pointed out the difficulty of striking these places is a real one. so any military option is feasible in terms of dropping bombs but what is the result of that military attack? with respect to the revolutionary guard, he has reasons for why he didn't go along with that resolution at the time and that will be explored in the confirmation hearings. the last three weeks, we have had dueling op eds, dueling blogs and dueling different groups coming forward but most of the national security community in retirement that i know and many of the secretaries of defense and state i know, national security advisers, distinguished ambassadors, who served in the middle east think
will put on the screen. >> chuck hagel said nothing as far off the table but one that believe us in the prospects for negotiation. we have been ready to negotiate under the right set of circumstances with iran for the last several years with our friends and allies so, force is the table but i'm glad we have people like the president and like chuck hagel who will be very careful when you start throwing around the terms -- >> he says it's not feasible. do you agree it is not feasible. >> what is the not feasible? >> military option? >>> military option is always feasible, you tell me what the option is. are we going to blow up tehran or go after facilities that might be well pro-toerktd hidden? and i think bob gates, the previous secretary of defense, who pointed out the difficulty of striking these places is a real one. so any military option is feasible in terms of dropping bombs but what is the result of that military attack? with respect to the revolutionary guard, he has reasons for why he didn't go along with that resolution at the time and that will be explored in the confir
. chris: well said. >> chuck hagel. big discussions. unlike with susan rice where she hung fire for weeks and was dropped, or she dropped herself, this time he stuck with hagel after all the heat against him on -- some from the gays and the left and the neo-cons and where is he heading? put a guy out there in your face as howard said? >> he thinks that he can win. first of all it wouldn't look good if he backed down after what happened to susan rice and i think he thinks he can win this. and there are certain things about chuck hagel's resume that set with what he wants to do with defense. cutting defense spending, that sort of thing. it makes sense so he's going to stick with his pick. chris: is hagel, barack obama with a war record, is he really the guy that -- that obama has been hiding, more liberal on foreign policy? >> i believe that's right and he wouldn't have picked him in the second term unless he thought they were in sync on the larger philosophy of what they want. for the american force in the world. chris: a real statement picking this guy? >> he also thought he would give hi
for that job, former nebraska senator chuck hagel that has republicans reeling. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington this morning with more on how his pentagon and cia nominations could prompt the next big fight on capitol hill. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we're already seeing democrats and republicans here with concerns about hagel. john brennan, protests by aclu and others on that nomination. protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time, he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> president, i'll give you my honest and most informed consens consensus. >> reporter: he has backed cuts at the pentagon. >> as a successful businessman, he also knows as
he has tapped them to run. chuck hagel would be the first vietnam veteran to head the pentagon. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and shrapnel in the battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: and john brennan, who spent 25 years at the cia, would now run the agency. >> john has lost colleagues and friends. >> reporter: as demonstrators protested brennen's connection to controversial interrogation techniques like waterboarding that date back to the bush years -- the president moved to head off that criticism. >> he understands, we are a nation of laws. he insists on high and rigorous standards. >> reporter: but it's hagel's nomination that's receiving a decidedly mixed reaction. his flexibility in negotiating with iran. his past statements about israel and about gays all have become lightning rods. many prominent jewish leaders have been offended by comments hagel made in an interview to mid east peace negotiator david aaron miller, describing pro israeli groups as a jewish lobby. and gay rights activists recoiled at his description of a nominee for an ambassadorship in th
obama named former senator chuck hagel out of nebraska for his pick for secretary of defense. the announcement marking one of two potential controversial nominations by the president this afternoon. danielle leigh is in washington and has the latest. >> reporter: president obama officially launched a fight with his pick for secretary of defense, former nebraska senator, chuck hagel. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security teen. >> reporter: the republican is known as an independent thinker. >> certainly a thorn in the side of political opponents of the president. >> reporter: now haigle is facing criticism from his former republican colleague norse criticizing you the war in iraq, opposing unilateral sanctions against iran and making comments seen by some as anti-israel. gay rights advocates are also critical. 14 years ago, hagel called the u.s. ambassador nominee openly aggressively game he has since apologized. >> dangerous to roll the dice on this issue
. as the rehearsals are under way for this new ration the senate turns its focus to these confirmation hearings. chuck hagel raising a lot of questions with democrats and republicans, no date set for those hearings yet. president obama, those confident that he will be confirmed. meantime the debt and the debt ceiling that we're about to hit again in february, the house is back in session today. they got to address that. republicans pushing for spending cuts at this time could include social security and today vice president biden sits down with cabinet members and members of congress to finalize his recommendation for gown control. we'll present them to the president tomorrow likely to include universal background checks. >> no sleep for you over the next week, right? thank you so much. tracie potts in washington, d.c. >>> former secretary of state colin powell is speaking out on nbc's "meet the press." he endorsed chuck hey goebl the new defense secretary. he said he would do a great job at the pentagon. he fired harsh words at his own republican party. >> there's also a dark, a dark vein of intolera
morning. controversial pick. president obama sets to nominate former republican senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense, a decision that is critics on both the left and the right. this morning, retired general stanley mccrystal weighs in, in a live interview. his first since he resigned amid controversy of his own. >>> alabama high school student is under arrest prepared for an attack against fellow students. a teacher uncovering the alleged plan in a notebook left in class. it was found at the suspect's home that has police even more worried. >>> and a father's concern. prince charles opens up about his son, harry's service in afghanistan. >> i worry every time. >> and he looks ahead to life as a grandfather "today," monday, january 7th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with is savannah guthrie live rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie, al roker and natalie morales. the gang is back together in a long time for a really long time. >> not since last year. >> that old t
, and i'm going to lead the way. >> a couple of quick ones, leader. chuck hagel appears to be set to be nominated as defense secretary. will he be confirmed, do you believe? >> well, i think he'll be subjected to the same kinds of oversight hearings that any nominee for such an important position would expect. and his views with regard to israel, for example, and iran and all of the other positions that he's taken over the years will be, you know, i think very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> so you're not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he'll be treated fairly by republicans in the senate. >> as you know, i spend the holidays in kentucky, your home state, and i know full well there's a much different view of gun regulation in your state than in other parts of the country. never ttheles nevertheless, the president appears to be ready to push forward to a more comprehensive package dealing with mental health. have your views changed? are you willing to entertain the idea o
're about to see on capitol hill with confirmation hearings when they get under way with chuck hagel and others. >> yeah, john brennan. the president getting pushed back on his choice for cia director and defense secretary. both men now having to defend their records and some controversial statements in their past. we'll get the latest, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, emotional testimony at a preliminary hearing tied to that shooting massacre at a movie theater out in aurora, colorado. from the first police officers to arrive on that scene, what one young officer thought as he came face to face with the suspected gunman. >> on a different note, a different approach to fitness. a lot of folks walk into the gym and feel intimidated by the perfect bodies all around them. now there is a gym that is only for people who need to lose a lot of weight. if you're thin and trying to stay in shape, this is not the gym for you. we'll get into this new idea. >> but will those rules make it easier for people who really have a problem to get the job done? we'll see what that's all about. >>> and one
. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> mr. president, i will always give you my most honest and most informed -- >> as a successful businessman, he also knows even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too to have on our ally, israel. >> he's had a record of distinguished service, but he's profoundly wrong on a number of the most important national security issues that face our country today. >> reporter: hagel insists his views have been completely distorted. he's also under fire for criticizing a clinton nominee as "openly aggressively gay." >> it's dangerous to roll the dice on this issue. >> reporter: all questions lawmakers are eager to ask when confirmation hearings get underway. but hagel did get a high profile endorsement from former secretary of state general colin powell. powell says he's independent, bold and thinks outside the box. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you very much. still ahead at 11:00, the
. the president is nominating former republican senator from nebraska chuck hagel as the nation's next defense secretary, replacing leon panetta. he also nominated john brennan to lead the cia. both hagel and brennan will face senate confirmation hearings, and republicans are saying both nominees could face congressional opposition. >>> now, hagel would take over for leon panetta who lives in monterey. panetta talked about life after the pentagon. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, silvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren, and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. >> panetta has served as secretary of defense since 2011. his legny will include overseeing the troop drawdown in afghanistan, the trimming of the defense budget and the death of osama bin laden. >>> a gag gift greeted secretary of state hillary clinton when she got back to work at the state department today. you see this picture here? mrs. clinton got a football helmet with the state department logo on the side. secretary clinton has not made any public appearances since early dece
on chuck hagel. why do you think he should be confirmed? >> i think there are a number of reasons. first, i think he has had a very, very distinguished public service record that he can stand on. there are a lot of comments about different things he said over the years and i think he will have a chance to respond to all those comments as the confirmation hearings. but it might be useful just to stand back and take a look at this man overall a young man who volunteered to go to vietnam. they wanted to send him to europe, a nice, safe, place, he wanted to go to vietnam. he and his brother went. they were both wounded, he was wounded twice. came back to vietnam, went to school on the gi bill, veterans administration. from there went to other things in life. he supported president reagan in his run for office and as a result of that, he received an appointment as deputy director of the veterans aminute station to show you the kind of courage this guy has what happened he believes in he quit after one year because he felt the veterans administration was not doing a good job for veterans answered
nominated former republican senator chuck hagel l. ironically the biggest opposition may come from hagel's own party. several republicans are attacking hagel for criticizing the iraq war, opposing sanctions against iran and making comments that some describe as being anti-israeli. the entire defense secretary leon panetta has praised him as a decorated war veteran who was well qualified for the defense job. >> secretary of state hillary clinton returned to the state department today. it's her first time back at work since early last month. that's when she suffered a concussion and ultimately a blood clot in her head that required hospitalization. clinton will leave her post after president obama's inauguration later this month. the president has nominated senator john kerry to replace her. >>> still ahead, how could it happen? the investigative unit asks why a south bay school district violated federal law intended to protect kids from sex abuse. >>> and i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. temperatures dropping again to the low to mid-30s tonight. that will help fog to f
, more pushback over the president's selection of the independent minded chuck hagel as secretary of defense. >> on hagel's part, i actually think there are serious policy concerns and i think these hearings are going to make a great deal of difference as to whether he is confirmed or not. >> reporter: with washington barreling toward its borrowing limit, the white house is digging in its heels for debate over the debt ceiling. >> it is congress' responsibility to ensure that the bills congress racked up are paid. >> reporter: just one of several looming showdowns as the president prepares to kick off his second term. >> what you're seeing is a more aggressive barack obama, someone who is looking more at polishing what his place in history will be, the mark he wants to leave on the country in the next four years. and that, in some ways, means a more contentious relationship with congress. >> reporter: and some serious people, matt, are floating an idea to try to avoid that debt ceiling crisis, proposing that the treasury department mint a platinum trillion dollar coin. you would p
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